Amar Ghelani

Amar Ghelani
Wilfrid Laurier University | WLU · Faculty of Social Work

Master of Social Work; PhD (c)

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Introduction
I am a PhD Candidate and Instructor with the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work. I am also the Mental Health Care Coordinator with the University of Toronto Health and Counselling Centre. My clinical and research interests include substance use, harm reduction, psychosis, trauma, recovery, psychosocial assessment/therapy, crisis intervention, and group interventions.
Additional affiliations
June 2021 - June 2022
University of Windsor
Position
  • Instructor
February 2021 - present
University of Toronto
Position
  • Mental Health Care Coordinator
July 2014 - February 2017
Canadian Mental Health Association
Position
  • Social Worker - DBT Therapist
Description
  • Early Psychosis Intervention Program: • Counselling youth diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, roup facilitation, crisis intervention and family support  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program • DBT therapy with adults diagnosed with BPD
Education
September 2019 - August 2023
Wilfrid Laurier University
Field of study
  • Social work
September 2009 - August 2010
September 2004 - April 2008
Carleton University
Field of study
  • Social work

Publications

Publications (10)
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The coronavirus pandemic is exposing systemic inequities across North America, with racial and ethnic minority groups at higher risk for getting sick and dying from COVID-19. At a time when minorities and people of color face inadequate access to health care, overcrowded housing situations, pressure to work in high-risk settings, and toxic stress r...
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Background: Perceptions of cannabis-related risk are changing, and many are viewing cannabis as harmless despite the biopsychosocial risks. Perceptions of risk have an impact on behavior as individuals who are less likely to view cannabis as risky are more likely to use it problematically. Purpose: This study examined how mental health professio...
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Background: Youth in First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs have high rates of cannabis use and consumption is associated with negative treatment outcomes. Motivations for use in this group are under-studied and investigating reasons for use can aid in the development of engagement strategies. Methods: This scoping review uses the framework propose...
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Public outrage over police-involved deaths of people in mental health crisis has prompted governments to expand access to crisis services that partner police with social workers. Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams (MCIT) offer assessment and support for people in distress while averting escalation. Little attention has been given to the requisite com...
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People with mental health concerns are over-represented in police-involved deaths in Canada. Calls for alternative responses to people in crisis have generated interest in programs that partner police with mental health professionals. This review summarizes what is known about the effectiveness of co-response programs in meeting client and communit...
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Childhood trauma and stressful life events have been linked to the development of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH). Those who experience distress related to AVH are known to seek support from mental health services where antipsychotic medications are a key pillar of care. Some service users have expressed dissatisfaction with the support option...
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Cannabis users have been historically stigmatized and criminalized for non-violent behaviors such as consuming, producing, and distributing cannabis. Racialized cannabis users in particular have been constructed as fundamentally different, dangerous, and mentally unstable, while state actors have benefited from the subjugation of this group. The fo...
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ABSTRACT Background: Mental health professionals provide therapeutic services for cannabis users with psychosocial difficulties, though little is known about cannabis use among the professionals. This study investigated motivations for cannabis use among Canadian mental health professionals and addresses stigma toward cannabis users. Methods: A des...
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In the following article, I discuss psychoeducational groups offered in a men’s maximum security prison by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Forensic Early Intervention Service (FEIS) in partnership with correctional services staff. I share observations and experiences facilitating mental health programs with clients in custody an...
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This article describes some of the risks and challenges faced by Aboriginal youth living in Canadian cities. It evaluates four current drug prevention/education programs for this group and other at-risk youth. The lessons learned from these strategies lead to a proposal for a reflective education approach directed toward opening meaningful dialogue...

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Projects (2)
Project
Understand the risks, motivations and social context of cannabis use among youth who have experienced psychosis. Inform engagement, education and harm reduction initiatives for youth in First Episode Psychosis programs.
Archived project
Understand motivations for cannabis use and perceptions of risk among mental health professionals who use cannabis